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BBQ daily hobby for Frenzel

August 25, 2008

Bill Frenzel can't go long without barbecuing.

"We grill out almost every night a week," he said. "We even do it in the winter."

Frenzel, Eudora, learned how to barbecue as a teenager with his dad and has sold his barbecue at the De Soto Days Festival almost every year for about 10 years.

"It's sort of like a hobby," Frenzel said of barbecuing. "It's my relaxation, I guess. Usually neighbors come over when you're doing it and it ends up being a good get together."

Frenzel and his wife, Pam, can often be found Saturdays selling their barbecue at De Soto's J-Mart.

"I have a trailer with a smoker on it, so I can go somewhere and do some smoking," Frenzel said. "That's what's fun down at J-Mart, I have a lot of regular customers that come in and just sort of yak with them a little bit."

Frenzel said he was approached to be a vendor at De Soto Days when the festival began.

"I think we've missed one or two years in there for some family functions or something like that," Frenzel said. "We actually lived in De Soto for about 10 years and moved to Eudora about five years ago."

Although Frenzel can cook brisket and pulled pork, he is going to leave those items to other vendors at De Soto Days. Instead he will cook hamburgers, hot dogs, bratwursts and turkey legs.

"Everybody loves my turkey legs," he said.

He also is going to sell pork on a stick. Frenzel said he tries not to cook the same things another vendor is cooking.

"We don't want to be duplicating each other," he said. "That's no fun. People want a variety."

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